To coin a simple metaphor, the IGCC “has left the station” - as a fast-moving train – filled with “toxic baggage” (for practicing architects). At this stage of development, it’s impossible to stop it - but, there’s still time to affect the toxicity of the “baggage” that’s delivered. Some, such as Craig Conner, email@example.com ), have made valiant efforts by submitting written comments to the ICC. You can see the written comments of all contributors by downloading: http://media.iccsafe.org/IGCC/docs/2011-ProposedChanges-IGCC.pdf. The ICC will review Craig’s (and all other) comments during code-development hearings being held in Dallas on May 16, 2011 through May 22, 2011.
That’s a great effort; however, there’s more that can and should be done. Here’s a practical guide for fighting against the “toxic baggage” within the IGCC:
In summary, the ICC intends to publish the International Green Construction Code in March 2012. A year from now, the “green-code-train will reach the station” – nothing can stop it – but, the “baggage” that’s delivered can be much-less or even totally non-toxic to practicing architects – but only if practitioners make the effort to communicate, comment, and demand. Because, where the wheels meet the rails, that is what architects do best.
Next: 7 - The IGCC is totally unnecessary – if all else fails, offer another service.
FYI-1: The Codes-and-Standards Knowledge Net Community has a webpage at: http://www.aia.org/advocacy/AIAB085336
While visiting the page, open the link to the 2011 Grassroots Legislative and Leadership Conference – also, click on the “presentation” link. The presentation is a compilation of 102 PowerPoint presentation “slides” from an AIA “Grassroots” gathering titled “The IGCC & Its Impact On The Practice Of Architecture (February 2, 2011 and February 5, 2011) – the slides represent a “cheerleader’s” look at the pros (91 pages), and the cons (“Effects on the Profession” - 11 pages of concerns) of the IGCC. Nowhere is there a listing of specific concerns related to specific sections / inclusions in the IGCC. You can review my previous blogs to see a complete list.
The bottom line to the “Grassroots” presentation is: Adoption of the IGCC will enable architects to avoid the “ADA syndrome” relative to “sustainability”. Additionally, you can link to “talking points” – a publication that discussed how to “sell” the IGCC to decision (law) makers – and, you can link to an “Issue Brief – helpful document” - a publication that offers (among other things) five issues that the AIA has been able to dissuade the ICC from including in the IGCC relating to: Building Shape, Commissioning, Design Reports, Greenfields, and Energy Efficiency / Social Engineering.
FYI-2: Here’s a chart of the implementation schedule for the IGCC (beyond March, 2011) – according to the schedule adopted by the ICC:
2011 IGCC Code Development Hearing
May 16-22, 2011
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
2011 IGCC Code Development Hearing Results
To be posted May 27, 2011
Report of Public Hearing Posted
To be posted June 27, 2011
Public comment form
Deadline for receipt of Public Comments
August 12, 2011
Public Comments Final Action Agenda Posted
To be posted September 16, 2011
2011 IGCC Final Action Hearing Schedule
2011 IGCC Final Action Hearing
November 2-6, 2011
Phoenix Convention Center
2011 Final Action Hearing Results
To be posted November 11, 2011
2011 Summary of Final Action on all Code Changes
To be posted November 18, 2011
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